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Annual Meeting 2020 - Virtual Meeting: Fringe and Social Events

Number: 64th Annual Meeting
Year: 2020
Location: Virtual Meeting
Hosted By: Oxford University Museum of Natural History, UK
Organised By: Organising committee chaired by Dr Jack Matthews
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Fringe and Social Events

If you would like to host a fringe event at this year’s Annual Meeting, please e-mail to arrange for details to be advertised to delegates. Fringe events can be hosted on Tuesday 15th December, or at lunchtimes during the Annual Meeting.

Palaeoethics Workshop - Tuesday 15th December, 14.00 - 17.00 GMT

The Association is hosting an afternoon workshop on Palaeoethics, discussing issues in palaeontology from fieldwork to collections and publication. This is a free event, open to all, regardless of whether you are signed up to the Annual Meeting. More information can be found online:

Fossils of the Kimmeridge Clay Formation book event - Tuesday 15th December, 17.30 GMT *POSTPONED*

Join us for this online event discussing the latest addition to the Association’s Field Guides to Fossils series. Host Hilary Ketchum will be discussing this brand new guide, Fossils of the Kimmeridge Clay Formation, with the editors, including Kimmeridge fossils from the collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Etches Collection in Kimmeridge, Dorset. All delegates are automatically registered for this event and will receive a link in their delegate pack. Others can register here:

This event has now been postponed and will be rescheduled in 2021. The Field Guides are on sale in our online shop: 

The Palaeovision Fossil Contest - Friday 18th December

To bring us all together in these difficult times, this year’s Annual Meeting will end with The Palaeovision Fossil Contest, an online, interactive, international competition to decide the Annual Meeting’s favourite fossil for 2020.

We are seeking entries from groups of palaeontologists to represent their institution and submit a fun engaging video (up to 3 minutes in length) making the case as to why their chosen fossil should be crowned champion for 2020. The event, broadcast live from the OUMNH and beginning at 19.30 GMT, will feature all the video entries, a number of interval ‘acts’ and will be followed by the voting. Firstly we will go live to each competing institution, to collect the points from their juries, then we will announce the public vote gathered from all those attending that evening, before finally revealing who has won what might be the most important competition of the year.

Competing institutions can be anything from university research groups, to museums, fossil sites or other groups of palaeontologists. All you need is a thirst for your fossil to win! You may choose to fly the flag for a newly named taxon, or celebrate a specimen with longstanding ties to your work – either way, may the best fossil win! Limited spaces are available, so please confirm your group’s entry by e-mailing with your chosen fossil as soon as possible, and not later than 7th December. Your video entry should be submitted by 11th December.

What will be this year’s favourite fossil be? YOU DECIDE. We look forward to welcoming you online at 19.30 GMT on Friday 18th December.

Virtual Fieldtrips

Throughout the Annual Meeting the Oxford University Museum of Natural History will be running a number of virtual field-trips, using material from our extensive collections to guide delegates around some spectacular specimens! Led by Dr Hilary Ketchum, each 'trip' will be presented live from the museum, with opportunities to ask questions.

Wednesday 16th 12:35-13.00 GMT: Edward Lhwyd (1660-1709) and the first fossil field guide
Thursday 17th 13.20-13.45 GMT:  Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot
Friday 18th 12:50-13.15 GMT: Megalosaurus and the Stonesfield mammal jaws

These events will be advertised to all delegates and will not require separate registration

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